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Ho-Keun Ryu

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Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense, Labor & Employment


Ho Keun Ryu is an attorney in the firm’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice.

Before joining the firm in 2011, he served as a public prosecutor for 18 years. He had extensive experience with various types of criminal cases during his distinguished tenure at the Prosecutors’ Office and is familiar with criminal law issues related to Labor-Management disputes.

The representative cases in which he was involved are an illegal strike of the Korea Railroad Labor Union Case (2010) and an illegal strike of the Kia Motors Labor Union Case (1998).

During his term in the Ministry of Justice, he dealt with various kinds of international legal affairs including extradition, mutual assistance in criminal matters, transfer of sentenced persons and Korea-Singapore, and Korea-Japan FTA negotiations.


Korean and English


Admitted to bar, Korea, 1993


University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Canada (Visiting Scholar, 1999-2000)
Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1993)
College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1988)

South Korea: Regulatory: compliance and investigations

Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Ho-Keun Ryu - Kim & Chang

Within: Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms

With its strong forensic capabilities, Kim & Chang’s multi-disciplinary practice is a favourite with international businesses seeking assistance with compliance issues. Head of the corporate investigations and white-collar defence Kook Hyun Yoo is working alongside Seung Ho Lee, Ho-Keun Ryu, and Michael Yu in defending Audi Volkswagen Korea against investigations by multiple Korean agencies in connection with the "Diesel Gate" scandal for vehicles imported into the Korean market. Other key contacts are Myungsuk Sean Choi for white-collar criminal defence, anti-corruption and regulatory compliance; Dong Min Cha leads in corporate crime and insider trading; Hankyu Kim is highly experienced in internal investigations and leading criminal cases. Sung Gwan Chun acts in cases involving Korean conglomerates, while Byung Suk Lee’s expertise lies in securities fraud and insider trading. In non-contentious matters, Yu advised Lotte Chilsung Beverage in negotiating compliance provisions in a distribution and joint venture agreement with a multinational beverage corporation.

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